The University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most highly ranked university with a global reputation for academic excellence. As a top-ranked university in New Zealand, the University of Auckland is a large research-driven university with diversity and innovation as its strengths. Formally opened in 1883 as Auckland University College, the University now has more than 46,000 students across seven campuses including more than 8,000 international students from over 100 countries.

Regarded as New Zealand’s leading university (68th in QS World University Rankings 2024), the University of Auckland offers study programmes over a wide range of disciplines while continuing to diversify its array of programmes at all levels. With more than 180 partner universities worldwide, the University of Auckland collaborates on research that positively impacts the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. In 2023, the University was ranked 12th globally in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings for progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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VSE Season 2, 2023-24: Courses offered by The University of Auckland

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Application Deadline

Students must submit an application to the VSE Central Office before:
Dec 31, 2023 12:00 noon Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

Academic Requirements

Before applying, please make sure you have fulfilled the course offering university's academic requirements listed below:

  • GPA of 2.7 out of 4 or average B- equivalency
  • Minimum one year completion at a degree level study

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English Language Proficiency Requirements

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  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in all bands), or
  • TOEFL total 80 (with minimum 21 in writing), or
  • A number of other English language test results – please see our website for more details.
  • IELTS Online test results are acceptable

For more details, please contact the VSE coordinator at The University of Auckland.

Course Information

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Number of Credits15
Offering DepartmentFaculty of Arts/School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics
Course TeacherNicole Perry
Language of InstructionEnglish
First Day of ClassFeb 29, 2024
Last Day of ClassMay 31, 2024
Course ComponentLecture/Tutorial
Mode of TeachingAsynchronous
Meeting TimeN/A
Time ZoneUTC+13
Course DescriptionThis course examines the ever-changing relationship between the German-speaking nations of Central Europe and their connection with the South Pacific, including Aotearoa, Sāmoa and Tonga. This course will be broken down into two key sections: 

1) German Colonialism in the South Pacific situated in the broader context of German Colonialism and settler colonialism. We will consider the impact of Germany in the South Pacific through colonial photography and read the colonial and travel writing of two women about their experiences in Aotearoa and Sāmoa before and after the First World War. Contemporary film, art, and fiction set in the South Pacific will also be examined. 

2) The South Pacific in Central Europe- reframed and reclaimed? From the Peoples Shows in the 19th Century to contemporary theatre, film, and art; this section will look at how the South Pacific has claimed their space in Central Europe. Excerpts from From Samoa with Love? Samoan Travellers in Germany 1895-1911: Retracing the Footsteps (2014) will allow us to consider the legacy of the Völkerschauen/People's Shows alongside the controversial Humboldt Forum and the current debates surrounding museums and museum repatriation. The analysis of South Pacific contemporary art, poetry, film, and guest lectures will allow us to fully consider the ongoing dynamics of the Central Europe and South Pacific connection.
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